In 2020, the Steelers have been cruising and so has Mike Tomlin. This week, he broke a record and he has another on the way.
After beating the Ravens on Sunday, Tomlin reached 140 career regular season wins. This makes him the winningest African American coach in the regular season, surpassing NFL legend Tony Dungy.
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) November 2, 2020
Mike Tomlin Set to Break Unique NFL Record
2020 is about to get just that much sweeter for Tomlin, whose 7-0 Steelers are the last undefeated team standing. If the Steelers beat the Cowboys (2-6) or for that matter win just one more game this year, Tomlin will extend his record of 14 consecutive years with a non-losing record to start a head coaching career.
It’s truly an unbelievable feat. Not once has the Virginia native ever had a losing record as an NFL head coach. Take a look at how each of his seasons went in Pittsburgh since 2007, after he left the defensive coordinator job in Minnesota.
2008: 12-4 (Won Super Bowl)
2020: 7-0 (So far)
Only one other head coach in NFL history, Marty Schottenheimer, has managed to have 14 straight non-losing seasons.
How Good Has Tomlin Been in His Career?
It’s definitely safe to say that Tomlin’s coaching ability has long gone under the radar. We often hear about Bill Belichick or Pete Carrol but this unique record proves just how effective and consistent Tomlin has been.
Going 14 years as a head coach in this league is in itself no easy task, but to maintain a record at or above .500 is something else.
Tomlin has also seen a great deal of other team success, making the playoffs 8 times out of 13. He won the Super Bowl in his second season in Pittsburgh and returned again 2 years later, but would ultimately fall to the Packers.
The Steelers are looking dangerous this year, seemingly on another Super Bowl run. Surely if he manages to win another ring, his name should be up there with the all-time greats.